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UTA In The News — Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Jeb Bush makes news at UT Arlington

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made national news Friday as he visited UT Arlington to speak about education reform in the last of the 2011-2012 Maverick Speakers Series lectures. Following an afternoon panel discussion, Bush talked about the possible political future of his son, George P. Bush, and the controversial shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The comments Bush made were featured on CNN, in the Associated Press, Fox News website, CBS News website, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Denver Post and numerous other outlets. Bush told reporters that Florida's “stand your ground” self-defense law "doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.” KXAS/NBC 5 and WFAA/ABC 8 also reported on Bush’s comments and the story was featured on the websites of numerous television stations throughout the country.

New head of robotics institute

Rick Lynch, a recently retired United States Army lieutenant general with a background in robotics research, has been named executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Automation Robotics and Research Institute (ARRI) in Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Business Press. In addition to the robotics institute, Lynch will oversee the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), Cross Timbers Procurement Center and the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence. Lynch, who will start April 2, also will serve as a special adviser to UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo.

Rally planned

North Texas college students were so moved by last month's shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin that they took to Twitter and Facebook last week with a call to mobilize, with a rally planned for today at 11:30 a.m. at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFAA/ABC 8 reported. "We have been watching the news very closely and we see the impact it is having on the community," said Dontae Robison, president of the UT Arlington NAACP. "We feel like his life was taken." Stories on KTVT/CBS 11, KXAS/NBC 5 and Pegasus News also mentioned today’s planned rally. Inside Higher Ed noted many rallies nationwide.

UT Arlington advances in sustainability contest

The University of Texas at Arlington has been named to the “Environmental Eight” in the second round of first-ever March Madness tournament designed to reward excellence in environmental studies, Enviance, Inc. and the publication Environmental Leader announced today on BusinessWire. One of these eight schools, which were all named to the “Sustainable 16” two weeks ago, is now just two rounds away from being named “National Champion,” which comes with a $5,000 prize.